Five Steps to Creating a Minimal Garden

Dianna Cutler

STEP ONE: HAVE A PLAN!

Landscape Plans
You cannot make big changes without clear goals, in life or in your backyard. A plan will provide them for your new garden. A well executed stategy will provide the framework and direction to keep your priorities in focus.

*A gardeners New Years resolution…a plan.

STEP TWO: DECLUTTER & TAKE INVENTORY:

The ancient Chinese principal of Feng Shui teaches us that the placement in an environment creates harmony and balance. A messy garden, like a messy home, will not bring harmony into your life. Trim trees, rip out overgrown areas, transplant items, toss what isn’t working! Enlist the help of a professional when needed.declutter

*Designer tip. Throw out those old cracked mismatched pots, broken outdoor candles, seats, etc. Opt for new bold oversized pots or lanterns to create interest near the house.

STEP THREE: PRIORITIZE & STREAMLINE

Pick one area of focus; is it farm to table gardening? Building your dream vegetable garden? Is it a peaceful colorful backyard? Is it a maintenance free patio area with parterre? Choose one area of focus.

IMG_0002*Designer Tip- Having a few elements; boxwoods, hydrangea, interesting pots…’en masse’ creates a much bigger impact than installing an entire nurseries inventory. Keep things steamlined and minimal!

STEP FOUR! Wow Factor!

Add a water element, fire, or a statue to create a new impact area at the house. A minimalist garden uses different mediums, not just plants, in the backyard. You can create an entire new ‘room’ outside to draw people in.

STEP FIVE: Seating!

Being comfortable outside is crucial. If you put seating out they will come! Adirondack chairs around a fireplace, a long inviting table under the stars for family dinners, a lounge set up or even a hammock are all vital. More than one seating space is critical for a well used back yard. Minimalist gardens.seating

STEP SIX: ENJOY!!!!

 

You can contact Diana at dcutler@sascofarms.com